Essance Project Entertainment Group
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Essance Project Entertainment Group

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band R&B Jazz




"UBS Investment Bank"

" This band is a pleasure to watch. There performance is full of energy." Recommend this band for any event." - James Reddinger, Director

"Rose Hall Montessori School"

"This band is fabulous..." They can deliver a performance with high energy." - Mindy Douthit

"Near North Health Services Corp"

" This Band is awesome!. Hire them for a special awards ceremony that was held at the Marriott Suites." - Charlene Bivens, Managing Director

"Sue Duncan Foundation Center For Children"

" Hired this band for special wine and fundraiser event. One of my co-partners recommended this band. Essance Project provided just the entertainment needed for the event." - Kirsten Carlson, Sue Duncan

"Birch Design Studio"

"Observe these guys at a special wine event. The performance and music was sensational." - Marina Birch

"University of Chicago"

“I never seen such a versatile band that performs jazz, r&b, motown, blues,& pop all in one set.” - Helen May

"Edu-Tek Midwest"

“The band was awesome. I hired the band for my wedding reception.” - Nichol Friyson

"Saxophonist, Writer & Composer"

“When I need a band to back me up for a performance. I hire the Jimmy Martin Ensemble... - Billy Gray

"Jazz Director - Chicago State University"

“This band can perform traditional & smooth jazz...” - Roxanne Stevenson

"Wedding Reception Blackstone Hotel"

“The band hit some great rock & roll and some down home blues for our event...” - Momma Hawk

"Senior Data Entry Coordinator - Henry Booth"

“The band was exciting and professional. I really enjoy the special love song played by Mike Smith on keyboards...” - Debra Parker

"Simmons Family Reunion"

“The band jam at my family reunion...” - Maknoyanna Simmons

"- Summit Labs Hair Products"

“I hire the band for all my special events...” - Clyde Hammond CEO/President

"Musician/composer/Steve Williams Band"

“I like to perform with the band my Trombone blends in well with Jimmy Martin tenor saxophone producing that classic Jazz Crusaders sound...” - Steve Williams

"Club Superior"

“With a slow, steady bass line as backup, guitarist Leo Crowe rocks the crowd with a classic rock solo as Jimmy Martin Ensemble rocks at the Club Superior... - Gloria Shannon

"Vernon Park Block Party"

“Thanks for a great performance for our Block party event...” - Robert Johnson Committee Chairman

"Morgan Park Community Foundation - Morgan Park Roots Festival"

“Thanks for the excellent music every year at our annual event... - Helen Morgan

"50th Birthday Celebration"

“Thanks for playing Stevie Wonder version of "Happy Birthday" that was the best..” - Ann Thomas

"Evangelical Black Seminarians"

“What a great performance at Northwestern University...” - Nazim Bifakir

"SouthLawn Community Fest"

“Wow, a band that plays it all...” - Rev. Biekman

"Sweet Holy Spirit"

“Thanks for the smooth jazz & gospel for my birthday party...” - Bishop Larry Trotter

"Regency Inn-Wedding"

“What a great performance you guys made our special day very romantic.. - Wilfredo & Eriecka Serrano

"Dizz-Disc Jockney - V102 Radio"

“I like to stop at Outriggers Restaurant and check out the band...” -

"Disc Jock-WGCI - Clear Channel Communications"

“I hosted a show at the Zone featuring the band what smooth soulful sounds...” - Chris Michaels

"- Michigan City In. - Wedding"

“Highly Recommend-very nice musicians-very talented...” - Crystal Brown

"St. Charles, IL. - Private Party"

“The band was great... On time,professional, and very talented. I was extremely satisfied and all my guest loved the band.I was very happy with them and highly recommend them for a party or event.” - Bradley Thomas

"Evanston, Il Wedding"

“Jimmy Martin Ensemble were AWESOME.I was nervous at first booking a band I never seen before. The band was love by everyone at the wedding.” - Jackie Williams

"Percussionist & Vocalist"

“The band performance was on the money at the Plymouth Bar & Grill Downtown Chicago...” - Burt Kennerson

"- Soul/Jazz Fan"

“Hey Jimmy your sax sounds great, I check you out with Ramon Casey SoulVation Band at the University Park Country Club.” - Tony Smith

"Retired Policeman"

“Thanks for the great music for my retirement party.” - LLoyd Johnson

"Saint Mark Church"

“Great smooth jazz...” - Akila Kidd

"ACT-SO - DuPage County NAACP Branch"

“Thanks Craig & Jimmy for the outstanding performance at Drury Lane in Oakbrook,Il...” -

"Good Times Sports Bar"

“Thanks for open up our grand opening with soulful music...” - Staff-Calumet Park,IL

"Westin Hall"

“Thanks for the outstanding music...” - Smith & Vinson Family Reunion

"Motown Fans"

“We saw your Motown Show at the House of Hughes it was outstanding...” - James & Keyanna Williams

"La Donna Lowe - Motown Fan"

“The Motown show was outstanding. I really had a great time...” -

"John Cosmo - House of Hughes Motown Fan"

“The Motown II Show was sweet as honey. I dance the night away...” -

"Maple Park Reunion"

“Your music was the best...” - Maple Park chairperson

"Chicago Chicken & Waffle House"

“You guys are the best... Tiffany- Chicago Chicken & Waffle House, Oak Park, IL” - Tiffany-Manager

"Donald Brown fan - Cotton Club Chicago"

“I saw Ronald & Ernie of Isley Brothers sit in with the band at the famous Cotton Club. Angela Winbush came up on stage with the band on classic song "Inner City Blues". R. kelley was in the house checking out the band...” -

"Dupage County Commitee - Excel Act Awards"

“Thanks for a wonderful performance...” -

"J Anthony Brown-Comedian - Tom Joyner Morning Show"

“I work a show at Outriggers in Tinley Park Illinois and check out the band. Excellent Performance...” -

"Department of Aviation - Chicago Midway Airport"

“Thanks for a Great Performance...” -

"University Park Country Club"

“The band is hot...” - Staff

"Fans - Hazel Crest Fest"

“Play that funky music again...” -

"Geneva, IL. - Villa Verone"

“What a wide variety of music...” -

"Kroc Corps Community Center"

“The music sounds great...” - Charles Peppers- LBA

"House of Blues Foundation"

“Wow, the band let me sing my favorite song with them on stage at the House of Blues...” - Morgan Skyla

"William Bush - Las Vegas Nevada Resident"

“This band needs to come to Vegas to perform...” -

"Essance Project Entertainment"

“When I need versatile professional musicians for my musical projects I call Jimmy Martin Ensemble - Maurice Howell

"Chicago Drake Hotel"

“Great job enjoy your performance..” - Annette Barcola

"Waukegan, IL - Black Chamber Commerce"

“The band was awesome...” -

"Delta House"

“Excellent performance.... Cathy Murray- Delta's Event” - Cathy Murray

"Links Corporation - ILLINOIS State Beach in Zion , IL."

“Sunday Afternoon jazz was great...” -

"Midway Airport Chicago Concert Series"

“You guys are great your music gave us nice welcome to Chicago...” - Tourists

"Village of Lynwood"

The Village of Lynwood Annual festival was fantastic with music from Maurice Howell and Essance Project Entertainment" - Mayor Eugene Williams

"Dolton Park District Field House - The Ember Room"

"The band was awesome for my 90th Birthday Party for my Mom...
Thank You" Christy - Christy Robinson

"Lighthouse House Church of All Nations"

" Thank You, Maurice Howell and Essance Project for all of the entertainment that your band has provided for both events in 2019. You guys were great" - Christy Anderson/Pastor Dan Willis

"University Of Illinois -Annual Behaviour Society 2019 Conference"

Live music is just what we needed for the event. The band really excited and energized the event. - Lorena McMahon


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Essance Project Group are group of outstanding musicians that performs all styles of music in the genre of R&B;,Soul have been performing over 10 years to audiences.Our group is comprised of Jimmy Martin/OtisWillis (Saxophones, Flutes) Dora Washington, Taroniah,Dee Dee Hardy(Lead Vocals) Mike Smith, Rodney Gipson,Tony Larenze (Keyboards,) James Thornton,KB Benne(Bass
Guitar) Craig Harper/Glover Washington (Drums)-Dave Jordan,Leo Crowe (Lead Guitar). We
compliment one another musically using our God-given talents as entertainers
giving our best performances.

Whatever your musical taste, our group hits
home in a positive way. We believe performing is giving a part of yourself to
your audience vocally and emotionally. Our musical selections are endless and
we provide a variety of music based on our belief that music is very diverse
and something that we all have in common. We want people to listen to our
rhythm and lyrics and get what they need to find peace or get through a rough
day. There is always a message in our music. People are more than just an
audience and source of income for us, so our goal is to make each performance
enjoyable for our guests as well as for the band. What makes this ensemble so
special is to have the ability to play all styles of music from Jazz, R&B; etc.


Available for Corporate Events, Weddings & Receptions, Banquets, Reunions, Anniversaries,
Celebrations, Clubs, Restaurants, Festivals, Organizations,Corporate